Vanderlande Industries is a project driven organization with projects for Airports, Warehouse Systems and Parcel Systems. The North America headquarters services USA, Canada and Mexico. The projects are managed by the Project Manager with the focus on Time, Money and Function. For the Time part, the Project Manager is assisted by a Project Planner.
The Project Planner works with all project team members to break down the project in activities and milestones. The activities should cover the scope of the project in measurable parts. The milestones can come from the customer and drive the project, or come from the project to indicate the progress.
You will enter all activities and milestones in the Primavera planning tool and link them in a logical way. The result is the Project Schedule that is used for the execution of the project. You will also use the baselining function of the planning tool to compare the progress during the project execution with the initially agreed plan.
This position is responsible for gathering the information needed from all project team members, to be able to update the ongoing activities on a weekly basis. The result is reported to the project team and discussed in the weekly project team meetings. It is the responsibility of the planner to bring up any deviations from the project plan and get an agreement with the team members on actions needed, to come back to the initially agreed plan.
The Primavera planning tool has direct interfaces with the accounting system as well as with the supply chain system. Therefore, it is very important that the Project Planner is very accurate in creating and updating the project schedule and the use of coding fields for the activities and milestones.